Samir Gupte Pope ConsultingSamir brings over 25 years of experience in corporations, small business, and non-profits. He has held leadership roles in Human Resources and Operations with Corning, Rockwell Automation, Owens Corning, Choice Hotels International, Yum Brands!, Darden Restaurants, and OTG Management: an award-winning innovator in airport dining and retail services.

Samir is responsible for day-to-day operations, consulting with clients on how to best meet the ongoing challenges of creating high-performing and inclusive workplaces for everyone.

His worldview has been shaped by traveling to over sixty countries and forty-seven states, as well as significant community involvement helping State and Federal prisoners with reentry, assisting homeless citizens and children from disadvantaged neighborhoods build better lives for themselves, leading a local non-profit chapter out of receivership, leading a school-industry partnership and several board leadership roles.

Samir has a BBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Masters of Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a Masters of Liberal Studies at Rollins College. His thesis, Reshaping the American Dream, was published in 2012.

He currently resides in Fernandina Beach, Florida with his two dogs, Bonnie and Clyde.

Why I have a passion for Diversity and Inclusion (DnI)?
My passion comes from both my personal and corporate journeys. Personally, I have experienced the ups and downs of transcending labels and boxes and landing in a place where I can thrive because of the increasing ability to be my true self. I’ve also been blessed to have worked at an amazing company that used Diversity as a competitive advantage, leading to a long-run of business success.

Something unique about yourself: 
Likely the only American of South-Asian descent who carries a 60-lb. 3-legged dog, long distances, every day.